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Sustainable Rainwater Management: Regional District of Nanaimo hosted second in 2012-2013 series of “Water Balance Model Training Workshops”

“The workshop was an opportunity for planning, engineering and other local government staff – especially managers and supervisors – to gain an understanding and appreciation of core concepts: lighten the ‘water footprint’, achieve more at less cost, adapt to climate change, and protect stream and watershed health! Representatives from ten local governments from four regions on the east coast of Vancouver Island attended,” reported John Finnie.

Rebuilt “Water Balance Model” incorporates Climate Change Module (2012)

“For the twelve BC and Alberta stations now in the Water Balance Model database, the Climate Change Module generates results for the years 2020, 2050 and 2080,” reports Chris Jensen. “The Climate Change Module allows communities to easily assess potential impacts and how land use decisions can either reduce or exacerbate impacts. It builds on the exceptional technical foundation provided by the WBM engine and web technology, and extends it to reflect emerging needs.”

Cowichan Valley Regional District hosted “2012 Forum on Sustainable Rainwater Management: What Does It Look Like?”

“The Forum is the kick-off for an Inter-Regional Education Initiative to be implemented in four regions over several years. Sharing of experiences, collaboration, alignment and a consistent approach on Vancouver Island will allow everyone to go farther, more efficiently and effectively,” stated Kate Miller. “Five local governments comprising the Cowichan Valley Regional Team will report out on how each has progressed since 2008. Our emphasis will be on “targets and criteria”, lessons learned, and practices necessary to protect stream health.”

Sustainable Rainwater Management: Okanagan Basin Water Board hosts first in 2012–2013 Series of “Water Balance Model Training Workshops”

If climate change mitigation is about greenhouse gases, climate change adaptation is about water. “A number of tools, in particular the Water Balance Model, have been created to help municipalities adapt to climate change. The Okanagan Basin Water Board will be hosting a workshop to get these tools in the hands of the people that need them by bringing in the experts to answer questions and provide hands-on training,” announces Anna Warwick Sears

British Columbia Partnership announces that rebuilt “Water Balance Model” is now LIVE!

“The rebuilt Water Balance Model is tailored to multiple levels of users who have a wide range of technical backgrounds, from hydrology experts to stewardship groups. To provide users with more flexibility, the model now has launch buttons at three scales of investigation: SITE, NEIGHBOURHOOD and WATERSHED. New modules encompass stream erosion, rainwater harvesting and climate change. More modules are coming in 2012,” reported Richard Boase.

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